Afghanistan

Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

Philip Hammond’s tarnished relations with military top brass fly into the open

18 September 2012 17:55

Talking to diplomatic sources this evening, there’s a depressed recognition that the Taliban and its allies have scored a major…

Green on blue is a problem for both green and blue

16 September 2012 15:33

The enormous naval deployment in the Persian Gulf, coupled with the deluge of leaks and rumours about a pre-emptive strike…

Cameron intervenes on disabled troops

18 July 2012 19:15

David Cameron made a surprise visit to Camp Bastion this afternoon. After a lunch of German sausage and potato with…

Foxhound arrives in Afghanistan – five years too late

18 June 2012 18:15

There was welcome news yesterday for our forces in Afghanistan, and for those who want to see them supplied with…

The politics of international rescue

2 June 2012 19:15

A visibly relieved David Cameron gave a statement outside No. 10 earlier today about the successful rescue of four aid workers…

Obama’s words meet with the Taliban’s bombs

2 May 2012 10:34

Political theatre, that’s what Barack Obama delivered in Afghanistan last night. A year on from the death of Osama Bin…

War is War: Horrid But Not Shocking

18 April 2012 18:32

Commenting on the publication of photographs of American soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the severed limbs of their dead Afghan…

Hitchens vs Galloway

30 March 2012 15:35

Since he has previously been elected in Glasgow and London, I don’t know if it is so astonishing that George…

A quiet PMQs, ahead of today’s main event

21 March 2012 16:45

It started like a bit of good old political knockabout. PMQs opened with a planted question from Mark Menzies (Con,…

Afghanistan overshadows Cameron’s America trip

14 March 2012 17:23

Afghanistan, what now? After a week of death and retaliation in the country, it appears that a car bomb has…

Cameron and Obama, sans yellow mustard

14 March 2012 7:57

Above is what they call the ‘raw video’ of David Cameron’s and Barack Obama’s trip to a basketball game last…

Will Obama and Cameron discuss a faster pullout from Afghanistan?

13 March 2012 11:25

The political theatre of David Cameron’s trip to America will have Downing Street drooling. The PM is, today, not only…

No More Heaves in Helmand

13 March 2012 9:42

Rory Stewart’s article on Afghanistan, published in yesterday’s Evening Standard, makes a succinct case for speeding up the west’s withdrawal…

Cameron & Obama Play Winston Churchill Bingo

13 March 2012 8:47

If you thought Winston Churchill wouldn’t be mentioned until the second sentence of today’s “Obama-Cameron” op-ed in the Washington Post…

Afghanistan Isn’t Working

12 March 2012 14:03

For years now, Afghanistan policy has been governed by a simple question: Do the unknown costs of leaving Afghanistan trump…

Afghanistan tragedy overshadows PMQs

7 March 2012 13:21

I have rarely heard the House of Commons as quiet as it was at the start of PMQs today. The…

What the Taliban want

2 March 2012 9:04

How go those talks with the Taliban in Doha? Quietly, that’s how — although there’s a report in yesterday’s The…

Sir Simon Jenkins Is Peddling Weapons-Grade Tripe. Again.

3 February 2012 12:38

Via Norm, I see that Sir Simon Jenkins is up to his old tricks, publishing yet another meretricious column on…

Today’s NATO leak highlights the need for more realism over Afghanistan

1 February 2012 17:12

Today’s leaked NATO report on ‘the state of the Taliban’ has generated the predictable responses: excessive attempts by the media…

The Taliban’s peace offering

3 January 2012 17:53

‘Taliban’ and ‘peace mission’ — the words sure don’t fit very well together. But they’re the words that you’ll see…